Palace of Justice, Rome
The Palace of Justice, Rome (Italian: Palazzo di Giustizia), the seat of the Supreme Court of Cassation and the Judicial Public Library, is located in the Prati district of Rome. It fronts onto the Piazza dei Tribunali, the Via Triboniano, the Piazza Cavour, and the Via Ulpiano. The huge building is popularly called in Italian the Palazzaccio (the bad Palace).
Designed by the Perugia architect Guglielmo Calderini and built between 1888 and 1910, the Palace of Justice is considered one of the grandest of the new buildings which followed the proclamation of Rome as the capital city of the Kingdom of Italy. The foundation stone was laid on 14 March 1888 in the presence of Giuseppe Zanardelli, Minister of Justice and Keeper of the Great Seal, who had insisted on a prestigious location in the Prati district, where various other new court buildings were already going up.
The alluvial soil on which the building sits required a massive concrete platform to support the foundations.
Despite this, instability problems developed after the Palace was completed, and settlement led to a need for a painstaking restoration project which was begun in 1970.
The excavations for the foundations unearthed several archaeological finds, including some sarcophagi. In one of these was found the skeleton of a young woman together with a superbly crafted articulated ivory doll, now conserved in the Antiquarium comunale.
On 11 January 1911, twenty-two years after construction began, the building was officially opened in the presence of the King of Italy, Victor Emmanuel III.
The building's unusually large size, astonishing decorations, and long period of construction created the suspicion of corruption. In April 1912 a parliamentary commission was appointed to inquire into the matter and it presented its findings the following year.] The affair gave rise to the building's popular nickname of Palazzaccio.
Inspired by late Renaissance and Baroque architecture, the building is 170 meters by 155 in size and is completely covered with Travertine limestone. Above the façade looking towards the River Tiber it is surmounted by a great bronze quadriga, set there in 1926, the work of the sculptor Ettore Ximenes from Palermo. Ten large statues of notable jurists adorn the ramps before the main façade and the internal courtyard. The upper part of the façade looking onto the Piazza Cavour is ornamented with a bronze coat of arms of the House of Savoy. Inside the Hall of the Supreme Court, also known as the Great Hall (or on Calderini's plans as the Aula Maxima) are several frescoes, begun by Cesare Maccari (1840–1919), who became paralysed in 1909 while the work was unfinished. It was continued until 1918 by Maccari's former student Paride Pascucci (1866–1954).
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Kamilutka (3738) 2013-10-26 10:31
very beautiful facade of this building emerging from behind the branches catches an eye immediately. The light helps to emphasize its delicate structure and finesy. Nice sky for a background.
Pretty colors, contrast and sharpness.
Thanks for sharing
danos (78056) 2013-10-26 11:50
great the view as the presentation of the Palace of Justice,with the arch bridge to be placed perfect in the scene.Excellent the light and the colour management of the scene with the quality of it to be superb.
Zucca (4447) 2013-10-26 12:37
Nice sharp view over the Palace of Justice, I like the use of the branches and the contrast between the dark blue sky and the white facade, congratulations !
Have a nice evening,
Corry (1453) 2013-10-26 13:14
Très belle photo du monumental palais de justice prise depuis la rive opposée du Tibre. Bonne luminosité sur l'ensemble de la façade du bâtiment et ses nombreuses statues. La présence des arbres ajoute à la composition sans cacher le sujet. Félicitations et bonne journée.
npecanhuk (56358) 2013-10-26 14:24
That's such a magnificent building!
That's a beautiful urban & architecture picture!
Sharpness, exposure, colors, chosen pov and composition reallyh pleased me!
TFS - congrats,
Enjoy your week-end,
lousat (64101) 2013-10-26 14:47
Ciao Romano,spettacolo di dettagli e di esposizione,grande messa a fuoco anche sui rami che ricamano qua e la la composizione,grazie a te mi sto facendo un bel giro gratis di Roma,casomai un giorno mi decidessi di venirci..ehehe...buona Domenica e complimenti,Luciano
krzychu30 (12619) 2013-10-27 1:55
Fabulous presentation of Palace of Justice Romano(I know well this place and the bridge with its famous view of Vatican).I like th eway you used these bold tree branches to frame the scene and to create so lovely,autumn mood of it.and finally clear,blue sky as a backdrop for the scene-for me Marvelous!
Have a nice sunday
Nicou (105721) 2013-10-27 2:36
Merveilleuse vue de ce palace quelle architecture la présentation avec le branches qui pendent dan le coin le pont et une vue sur le plan d'eau sueprbe image quel pureté.
Bravo et amitié
jemaflor (74044) 2013-10-27 2:57
Great architecture well framed from this pov, excellent light capture with a good exposure for the white monument, tfs.
amaryllis (32051) 2013-10-27 3:00
je me souviens très bien de ce monument qu'est la Cour de Cassation, une belle architecture au bord du Tibre et une lumière superbe sur celui-ci
merci de ce beau partage
snunney (72650) 2013-10-27 3:10
A Palace of Justice built to impress and instil fear in those summoned to appear there. The point of view and the lighting show the magnificent architecture in an ideal way. Superb rendering of the decorative detail on the façade.
Silvio1953 (105427) 2013-10-27 4:24
Ciao Romano, gran bella vista della troppo ornata facciata, ottimi dettagli e splendida nitidezza, gran POV, bravo, buona Domenica, ciao Silvio
timecapturer (37028) 2013-10-27 5:25
this is captivating. A superb POV and gloriously framed image of an architectural beauty. So much immaculate detail and superbly managed light that makes its majesty so irresistible. Stunning!
Enjoy your Sunday - Brian.
saxo042 (33900) 2013-10-27 8:06
A beautiful building and a well taken picture. Very attractive colours!
emka (64134) 2013-10-27 23:58
Ciao, Why Palazzaccio? Because it is Palace of Justice (Lasciate speranza... )? The building looks beautiful, I think I haven't seen it. is it somewhere near Sant'Angelo? Magnificent facade, specially in this sunny winter day. Spectacular presentation.
SnapRJW (23576) 2013-10-29 0:12
A fine contrast of light and shade here Romano and your composition and POV with the branches falling from above gives both immediacy and a good framing to the shot. I like the way this shot is not just a 'record' of a beautiful piece of architecture but a well considered image that is both atmospheric and well detailed. Nicely done! Warm regards Rosemary
- Copyright: Romano Lattanzi (Romano46) (11425)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2012-01-15
- Categories: Architecture
- Exposure: f/6.3, 1/1000 seconds
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- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): The bridges of Rome [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2013-10-26 10:13